FAI Hip Labral Tears Specialist

Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Frisco, TX & Coppell, TX

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a deformity of your hip bone that develops during childhood and increases your risk of hip pain and joint damage, including hip labral tears. The experienced orthopedic team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, including Jason Petrasic, MD, Andrew Dold, MD, FACS, and Paul Ghattos, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of FAI hip labral tears. For a diagnosis and treatment plan, call the Frisco, Texas, office or request an appointment online today.

FAI Hip Labral Tears Q & A

What is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)?

FAI refers to bone spurs — also known as bony overgrowth of one or both of the bones that make up your hip joint. This includes the ball joint (acetabulum) and the upper end of your thigh bone (femur).  

The bony overgrowth affects the shape and fit of your hip joint, which causes the bones to rub together. Over time, the extra stress on your joint may lead to pain or joint damage, including hip labral tears. 

The labrum is a rubbery tissue that forms a ring around your acetabulum and helps hold the femur bone in place to provide joint stability. Any injury to the labrum is referred to as a labral tear. FAI is the most common cause of hip labral tears. 


What are FAI hip labral tear symptoms?

Pain in your hip is the most common symptom of an FAI hip labral tear. You may also notice that your pain worsens with exercise or when you bend, move, or rotate your hip.

Other symptoms include:


  • A decrease in hip range of motion
  • Joint stiffness
  • Clicking or locking when you move your hip
  • Hip instability when standing


If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for an evaluation. 


How are FAI hip labral tears diagnosed?

The orthopedic experts at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine perform a comprehensive examination to diagnose FAI hip labral tears. During your exam, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history and evaluates your hip.

To confirm or rule out an FAI hip labral tear, you need diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scan. 


How are FAI hip labral tears treated? 

The team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine develops individualized treatment plans for FAI hip labral tears based on the severity of your tear and your symptoms. If your tear is minor, the team may take a nonsurgical approach that includes physical therapy, activity modification, and anti-inflammatory medication, which may include steroid injections.

If your FAI hip labral tear is severe or doesn’t improve with nonsurgical care, the team may recommend surgery. The surgical experts repair labral hip tears arthroscopically, which is a minimally invasive procedure. During your labral tear surgery, the team also removes the bone overgrowth to prevent further joint damage.

For comprehensive care of your FAI hip labral tear, contact Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine by phone or request an appointment online today.